Germany

Germany

One third of Germany’s land area is forested, and just under half of this area is plantations. Forest cover has remained constant over the period 1990-2015 (FAO, 2015).

Most of Germany’s timber consumption is met by imports. These mainly come from within the EU, primarily the Czech Republic, Poland and France (ETTF, 2013). In 2007, the government introduced a public procurement policy requiring the purchase of legal and sustainable wood and wood products (excluding paper) (Brack, 2014). As an EU Member State, Germany is required to implement the EU Timber Regulation, which came into force in March 2013.